SALINA — Charges are pending for two suspects who are believed to have shot at police officers early Sunday morning in Saline County.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was contacted by the Salina Police Department about 4:10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, for assistance investigating multiple shooting scenes. KBI agents and the Crime Scene Response Team responded to conduct the investigation.
According to the KBI, a preliminary report indicated that about 2:30 a.m., an officer from the Salina Police Department observed a silver 2006 Lincoln Town Car that failed to stop at multiple stop signs. When the officer initiated a traffic stop on N. Ninth Street in Thomas Park in Salina, the driver of the vehicle did not stop, and a pursuit began. An occupant of the Town Car fired multiple shots at the officer’s vehicle, and the officer was struck once in his foot.
The officer continued pursuing the Town Car north through Salina, and the Salina Police Department set up stop sticks near Halstead Road and Interstate 70 in an effort to deflate the approaching vehicle’s tires. As they attempted to deploy the devices, the KBI said, an occupant of the vehicle fired at them. One police officer and one deputy returned fire. The vehicle’s tires were not deflated, and the chase continued.
The driver lost control of the vehicle near W. Crawford Street and Halstead Road, and it crashed into a ditch, the KBI said. The subjects fled on foot. A 37-year-old male from Wichita was located in a nearby field. He was taken into custody.
KHP troopers located the second suspect, a 36-year-old man, at about 1 p.m. Sunday near the I-70 East Topeka Turnpike Interchange, the KBI said. KHP troopers stopped the vehicle in which he was traveling and took the man into custody without incident.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.